THE DOYLE & DEBBIE SHOW
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER
JANUARY 22, 2016 – MARCH 20, 2016
By Bruce Arntson
Directed by JC Clementz
Scenic Design: Joe C. Klug
Costume Design: Mary Folino
Lighting Design: Aimee Hanyzewski
Sound Design: Erin Paige
Music Director: Jeff Schaetzke
Choreographer: Ashlee Wasmund
"Director JC Clementz clearly didn’t want this show to be just a joke. He wanted what makes the best humor: honesty without any pandering. And that’s what he got... The production is a rollicking start to the theater season and one that is full of everything that's great about country music: a sly sense of humor, an equally sly sense of what makes a good story and a devoted faithfulness to an era gone by and mourned."
"The result is a bitingly funny send-up of the genre — a pomade-slicked, rhinestone encrusted "Spinal Tap" for the honky-tonk set ... The legitimate belly laughs that 'The Doyle and Debbie Show' inspire are worth their weight in 'not-quite-gold' records."
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
"As a matter of fact, having attended theatrical productions in Milwaukee for more than 20 years, The Doyle and Debbie Show marks the first time a stage show made me laugh out loud – and helped me forget all the ills dominating the world stage right now, at least for about two hours. That’s what good theater should do. Director JC Clementz calls The Doyle and Debbie Show a “parody of country music,” but “also a love song to the genre.” This “love song” is tastier than a box of pecan pralines"
"In The Rep's irreverent tribute to country music and the popular pairings representing the epitome of the genre, June Carter and Johnny Cash or Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Doyle and Debbie build comic steam from the performance's opening moments straight through the second act under the direction of JC Clementz."